Fleck questions key penalty try call

Date published: March 13 2016

Stormers head coach Robbie Fleck was left questioning the decision to award the Sharks a penalty try in his side's loss on Saturday.

Siya Kolisi was yellow carded after his foot dislodged the ball as Sharks scrum-half Cobus Reinach reached out to place it over the line with the Stormers ahead 10-3.

Referee Mike Fraser consulted with TMO Marius Jonker who gave the recommednation of a penalty try, levelling the scores at half-time in a pivotal moment in the contest.

“Obviously a call was made. If Siya intentionally kicked it, then it’s a penalty try. If it’s just part of the tackle, then it’s not. Simple as that,” Fleck told reporters.

“He’s [Kolisi] upset. He obviously felt he didn’t do it. I’ll say it again – if he’s done it intentionally, it’s a penalty try. But if it’s not, if it’s part of the tackle, then no try."

That lifeline for the Sharks was followed by the Stormers failing to capitalise on their significant amount of possession in the second half, and they were punished when JP Pietersen's break set up Joe Pietersen for the winning try. 

Fleck was left scratching his head wondering how his side had ended up on the losing side despite looking so comfortable for long periods of the match.

“Look, I think we played well enough in that first half to be the dominant team, without a doubt. And we went into the second half very comfortable and confident that we can continue with that process,” Fleck added.

“I guess it allowed them back in the game, and credit to them. They defended extremely well, and obviously a good tactical kicking performance. They won three or four clean balls in the air against us – which put us under pressure – but I certainly didn’t feel that we were under any other pressure from them throughout the match.

“I always felt that – even though it became 10-10 – we could turn it around. But credit to them, they held out there defensively and got the win in the end.”